Alginic acid, also called algin or alginate, is an anionic polysaccharide distributed widely in the cell walls of brown algae, where it, through binding water, forms a viscous gum.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Bulking agent - A filler substance that increases food bulk without increasing available energy value significantly
  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • Foaming agent - Facilitates the formation of foam in a liquid or solid food
  • Gelling agent - Facilitates the formation of a gel to change food texture
  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating
  • Humectant - A substance that helps prevent food from drying out
  • Sequestrant - A substance which controls the availability of a cation
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food
  • Thickener - A substance that increases the viscosity of a food

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Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Alginic acid
European Union
Approved Alginic acid
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Alginic acid
Philippines
Approved Alginic Acid
Austria
Approved Alginic acid
Belgium
Approved Alginic acid
Bulgaria
Approved Alginic acid
Cyprus
Approved Alginic acid
Czech Republic
Approved Alginic acid
Denmark
Approved Alginic acid
Estonia
Approved Alginic acid
Finland
Approved Alginic acid
France
Approved Alginic acid
Germany
Approved Alginic acid
Greece
Approved Alginic acid
Hungary
Approved Alginic acid
Ireland
Approved Alginic acid
Italy
Approved Alginic acid
Latvia
Approved Alginic acid
Lithuania
Approved Alginic acid
Luxembourg
Approved Alginic acid
Malta
Approved Alginic acid
Netherlands
Approved Alginic acid
Poland
Approved Alginic acid
Portugal
Approved Alginic acid
Romania
Approved Alginic acid
Slovakia
Approved Alginic acid
Slovenia
Approved Alginic acid
Spain
Approved Alginic acid
Sweden
Approved Alginic acid
United Kingdom
Approved Alginic acid
Australia
Approved Alginic acid
New Zealand
Approved Alginic acid

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Halal - yes

E400 - Alginic acid: Alginates

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from minerals - yes

E400 - Alginic acid: Thickener and vegetable gum, derived from seaweed; used in custard mix, cordial, flavoured milk, ice blocks, thickened cream and yoghurt; in small quantities, large quantities can inhibit the absorption of some nutrients.

DFlock

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E400 - Alginic acid: Thickener and vegetable gum, derived from seaweed; artificial sweetener base, used in custard mix, cordial, flavoured milk, ice blocks, pastry, jelly, ice cream, cheese, confectionary, canned icing, beer thickened cream and yoghurt. No known adverse effects in small quantities, large quantities can inhibit the absorption of some nutrients. The algae extract is called 'Carrageenan'

MBM Foods

Recommended for consumption by children - yes

E400 - Alginic acid: No known adverse effects in small quantities. Large quantities can inhibit the absorption of some nutrients

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

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Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 9005-32-7
  • EINECS Number: 232-680-1

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